The two largest waste companies serving Eau Claire County say they will no longer pick up yard waste if it is in black plastic bags.
Instead, they say residents should use biodegradable bags, which are available at many area retailers, or use paper bags.
State statue requires that bags used for compost be biodegradable. It will eliminate the waste that remains in compost piles even after it's been shredded and plastic is screened out.
"I think everybody should realize what they're doing is really makes sense for the environment," says Mark Vinall of Onyx waste services.
If you want to continue to use black plastic bags, you will need to bring them to the compost site yourself and empty them out.
For more information, contact your waste service provider.